BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Republican lumber company executive is conceding defeat in a southern Illinois congressional race.
Jason Plummer made Wednesday's announcement a day after voters in the 12th Congressional District elected Democrat Bill Enyart, a Belleville lawyer who has headed the Illinois National Guard. The Green Party's Paula Bradshaw finished third.
Plummer says in a one-paragraph statement e-mailed to The Associated Press that he thanks the thousands of supporters, volunteers and friends who backed his campaign.
He noted that while Democrats have held the seat since World War II, he's proud of his bid to replace outgoing Democratic Rep. Jerry Costello and hopes "southern Illinoisans can work together the solve the serious problems facing the region."
The 12th District stretches from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.
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